“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis

20798217How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Adventure / Contemporary

Synopsis: All Lottie wants to do is have adventures, but no such luck. Until she meets Sophia, a girl with an intriguingly mysterious history. When the two run away from a staged kayak accident to find Sophia’s mum, Lottie learns a lot about having adventures (they’re mostly brilliant but not the bits where you nearly die).

Mini review: Saving Sophia reminded me a bit of the adventure books I read growing up. It has that kind of timeless charm and Lottie is a likeable and engaging narrator.

Lottie has a rather unique family, one that she loves but that doesn’t stop her wishing they were a bit more normal. When mysterious Sophia joins the school trip Lottie is thrilled to be her new friend. Sophie tells her about her mum and how Sophie can’t see her, she begs Lottie for help and the two girls set off.

I did enjoy Saving Sophia but will admit that the parts of the story require you to just go with it. In the end though it doesn’t matter as long as you’re having fun.

Recommend it?

Yes*

*3.5 Stars

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VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list!

Voting is open until 21st September. Make sure you don’t miss out!

The voting will be a little different from the nominations.
On this blog you will be voting for:
Funniest Book
Most Heartbreaking Book
Best First Sentence
Best Ending

And then you will hop along to the next blog to vote for more awards! :)

There are five different awards to jump to (and five/six bloggers hosting each group, but you only need to visit five blogs!).

This doesn’t have to happen all at once, it gives you the chance to vote in your leisure – but make sure you do so before 21st September.

Can’t see the voting form? Click the link HERE

Jump To

(choose which blog for each category you want to visit!)

Best Contemporary, Best Historical, Best Crime/Mystery, and Best LGBT
Big Book Little Book
Fabulous Book Fiend
Feeling Fictional
It Takes A Woman
The YA’s Nightstand

Best Horror, Best Sci-fi/Fantasy, Best Paranormal, Best Adventure
Winged Reviews
K – Books
To Another World
Bookish Outsider
Readaraptor

Best Protagonist, Best Couple, Best Friendship, Best Villain
Snuggling on the Sofa
Much Loved Books
Hush Hush Revealings
The Pewter Wolf
The Little Munchkin Reader

Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
This Fleeting Dream
Bookish Treasures
Escapism From Reality
Book to Basics

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Book of the Month #28

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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin

My review HERE

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Stacking the Shelves #75

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a chance to show what books you’ve added to your library in the past 7 days. These can be bought books, borrowed, review copies, any which way they come to you.

For review

The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart by Linda Coggin
Land by Alex Campbell
Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah
This Book is Gay by James Dawson (already read)
Vivian Versus America (Vivian Apple #2) by Katie Coyle
Thank you Hot Key Books

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The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis (already read)
Thank you Curious Fox

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Weirdos vs Bumskulls by Natasha Desborough (already read)
Thank you Catnip Books

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Day 21 (The Hundred #2) by Kass Morgan
via bookbridgr, thank you Hodder

Won

I won the British Books Challenge prize pack for June.

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The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Sun Catcher & Storm Chaser by Sheila Rance
Hate by Alan Gibbons
Soul Storm by Kate Harrison
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler (already read)
Big thanks to Orion for these books.

Bought

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Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman

The Humans by Matt Haig
Salvage by Keren David

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chrissi&lunacompare1Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?
Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping?
Wait…what?

 

Thoughts before you started reading Since You’ve Been Gone?
CHRISSI: I was completely the other way around to Luna. I loved Second Chance Summer, but couldn’t really get on with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I was excited to see whether I enjoyed this book as much as Second Chance Summer.

LUNA: Having read both Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (loved it) and Second Chance Summer (mixed feelings) I knew I’d get lost in Morgan Matson’s storytelling but I just wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the characters in this story.

What did you think of Emily?
CHRISSI: I thought she was a likeable character who you could really see grow throughout the book. It was lovely to see her come out of her shell and become more confident.

LUNA: Initially Emily comes across as a little bland because all her descriptions were in comparison to Sloane (which is the point) but I loved how much character development there is in this book.
You really get to go on a journey with Emily.

Best bit?
CHRISSI: I really loved when Emily was completing items from Sloane’s list. There was a really nice element of humour in the story, which I wasn’t expecting.

LUNA: Honestly the whole book. Morgan Matson has this way of just pulling you into a story from the beginning. There’s a good mix of humour and sincerity in the character’s feelings, not just Emily’s. I also really like the playlists.

Worst bit?:
CHRISSI: There were a couple of really cheesy conversations which made me cringe, but didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story!

LUNA: While I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it and I wasn’t happy with the conclusion – Emily and Frank’s relationship is predictable.

Favourite character / moment?
CHRISSI: There was never a character that I didn’t like! Morgan Matson really does write some beautiful characters.

LUNA: A lot of the tasks on the list made me smile but I think the one I liked best was the “hug a Jaime” because it was when Emily really committed herself to doing them. Another part in the story I really thought worked was when Collins and Emily had their ‘honesty hat’ conversation.

I think Collins might actually have been my favourite character, he just was – you know what I mean?

Was Since You’ve Been Gone what you expected?
CHRISSI: Yes. I wasn’t sure whether this was going to make me feel as much as Second Chance Summer. It did, but in very different ways. I think Second Chance Summer had more of an emotional impact on me, but Since You’ve Been Gone still made me feel warm and fuzzy.

LUNA: Yes and I liked Emily so now I’m back on the Morgan Matson bandwagon, though Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is still my favourite. :)

Would you recommend it?
CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely

Previously reviewed by Luna:

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour 

Second Chance Summer

 

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18657686How did I get the book?  StorytellerInc Book Club

Genre: Historical Fiction

Authors: Adèle Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Mary Hooper, Anne Fine, Matt Whyman, Theresa Breslin, Sally Nicholls, Rowena House

Synopsis: 1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.

This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war.

Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.

200words (or less) review: I’m not a huge fan of short story collection but War Girls is the first one that didn’t have a single story I didn’t like.

Because of the authors involved it’s no surprise that each of these stories is well written but given the short amount of time it’s impressive how each story has fully developed characters. I loved how varied the collection is and that it’s not just about women in Great Britain.

There were 3 stories that really stood out; Mother and Mrs Everington by Melvin Burgess, Sky Dancer by Berlie Doherty & Going Spare by Sally Nicholls. I was actually reading Mother and Mrs Everington in the canteen at work and remember trying not to cry.

I don’t think I’ll forget these quotes:

“It’s because I longer particularly care who wins this bloody war. I no longer care, because whoever is proclaimed the victor, I am sure of only one thing – we will have all lost.”
– Mother and Mrs Everington by Melvin Burgess

“They didn’t just do nothing,” I said. “All those women. They changed the world.”
– Going Spare by Sally Nicholls

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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Books reviewed this month:

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

War Girls: A Collection of First World War Stories Through the Eyes of Young Women

The Voices Of Silence by Bel Mooney

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
(Banned Books Discussion)

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin

Squishy McFluff and the Supermarket Sweep! by Pip Jones

Heap House (The Iremonger Trilogy #1) by Edward Carey

Foulsham (The Iremonger Trilogy #2) by Edward Carey

Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard

Wonderland by Joanna Nadin

Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran

The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

The Case of the Exploding Loo by Rachel Hamilton

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D. D. Everest

 

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